Monday, July 9, 2012

Blood Of The Black Owl/Light The Fires/Bindrune Recordings/2012 CD Review


  Blood  Of  The  Black  Owl  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  ritual,  and  progressive  music and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Light  The  Fires"  which  was  released  by  Bindrune  Recordings.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blasts  mixed  in  with  some  tribal  percussion,  while  the  synths  and  folk instruments  bring  a  very  dark,  avant  garde,  experimental,  atmospheric,  shamanistic,  ritualistic  and  occult  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very   strong  and  powerful  sound  with  riffs  that  dominate  when  utilized

  Acoustic  guitars  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  bring  a  70's  progressive  and  folk  music  sound  to  the  recording  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  while  the  electric  rhythm  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  dark  and  slow  riffs  that  combine  black  metal  with  funeral  doom  mixed  in  with  some  melodic  riffing,  as  for  the  lead  guitars  when  they are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  sounding  folk/progressive  rock  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  clean  singing  folk  music  vocals  mixed  in  with  some  shamanistic  chanting  and  aggressive black/doom  metal  growls  and  screams  in  some  sections,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Paganism,  Nature  and  Dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  powerful  sound  to  it  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Of  The  Black  Owl  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  ritual,  folk,  progressive,  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sundrojan"  "Soil  Magicians"  and  "Disgust  And  The  Horrible  Realization  Of  Apathy".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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